French-Swiss harpist Laure Genthialon is a former student of Gabriella Dall’Olio at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Before, she studied at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. On top of having lived in three different countries, she also performed in many more, giving solo recitals and concertos in Spain, Italy as well as in the UK in venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields. Chamber music and orchestra took her to other countries, playing in Germany, like in the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Frauenkirche in Dresden and the KKL in Luzern, or also in Russia and Romania! But it’s her own love of travel which made her go the furthest as she went to Australia, just because it was one of her childhood dreams.
Music is all about sharing, meeting incredible people and making lifelong friendships, and youth orchestras are a wonderful way to do that. Laure has been invited to play with many of them: French Youth Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestras, Young Musician Symphony Orchestra, but most of all the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which is the best youth orchestra of the world, according to the renowned conductor Herbert Blomsdedt. Playing with them was a real pleasure and honour!!
All these amazing experiences reinforced each time her love of orchestral playing, and she is now a free-lance harpist, playing with orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, (under conductors like Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Kazuki Yamada…) or the amazing Ensemble Les Dissonances, a condcutorless orchestra composed of players from the Orchestre de Paris, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw…
Laure is also playing regularly as a chamber musician and a soloist. She performed Debussy’s Danses with the Trinity Laban String Sinfonia in London as well as Rodrigo’s Aranjuez Concerto in Switzerland last year. Not always playing in formal concert setting, she also performed for school children and in nursing homes, but one of her most unforgettable experience was to play in a jail for many prisoners, followed by a small discussion with them. This was a truly enriching experience!
One of Laure’s biggest wishes would be to have days with more than 24 hours, so she could do all the many things she dreams of doing on top of playing the harp: reading, doing some sports, going to museums, but most of all continuing dancing as she used to do a lot of ballet and contemporary dance. This passion led her to develop a dance company, DIPTIK, where every artist is not only a dancer or a musician, but both at the same time, performing both arts simultaneously.
Laure is very grateful to everybody who supported her in her career, especially the Montague Cleeve Scholarship, the Leverhulme Trust and the Trinity College London Trust for the financial support during her studies, as well as her friends and family for their ever-lasting trust.
Always wanting to be better and to reach for higher, Laure is obviously practicing a lot, but the one thing which keeps her going through all the hours is the small piece of chocolate cake during the practice breaks!